On the eve of the election I decided to write letters to both candidates as a means of expressing my concerns and hopes for each presidential candidate. Regardless of who wins, this election is a historical tipping point. The oval office will either see its first African American or its first Woman. The new president will face a unique challenging environment with the United States confronting economic challenges, an expensive and drawn out war, and a crisis in health care.
So as I promised last night, here is my letter to Senator Barack Obama.
Dear Senator Obama,
Let me begin by saying thank you – in reviewing your career as both a Senator and a community organizer I believe you to be a genuinely caring man who honestly wants to help his fellow Americans. I also believe you to be an excellent role model for the youth of America at a time when quality role models are a scarce commodity.
Senator Obama, you have shown yourself to be intelligent, level headed and concerned, but as you potentially embark on a new career as the President of the United States, I wanted to ask you to consider the following:
- You are a natural consensus builder (a trait I admire and respect), but do not let the process of building consensus slow the important decisions. Some decisions result in a lost opportunity when delayed – do not be afraid to be decisive when called for.
- Do not be afraid to be yourself, you are no longer the geeky kid in the corner with a strange name, your the president of the United States. You have a lot to be proud of, open up and connect to your constituents. It will help them accept the hardships they will face in the coming years to know and respect their president.
- Lastly, never forget that the money you spend has to come from somewhere. If you spend a dollar, you must raise two (one to spend, one to pay down the debt). Despite what Cheney says debts do matter.
Thank you for reading this brief letter senator and good luck today.
David A. Ellis